Public Health Thank You Day is a chance to thank the professionals who work to protect, promote and ensure the health of our communities. In addition to thanking the recognized and unrecognized heroes of public health, we also want to take the opportunity to educate our communities on the roles and responsibilities of public health leaders.
Students, faculty and staff members at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health will be using social media to highlight these professionals and their work. You’ll see the hashtags #DYK (Did you know?) and #PHTYD (Public Health Thank You Day) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, evoking conversation and acknowledging the importance of public health. Students are especially engaged, planning to share their unique conversations and experiences on social media.
“The public health community is broad, collaborative and engaged,” says Ms. Victoria Pless, second-year Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). “Without this diverse group working to improve people’s lives in various and strategic ways, we would not be able to move, as we are, toward sustainable change.”
“I am thankful for the public health heroes that paved the way before me,” says Ms. Courtney Haley, first-year MPH student in PHLP, “and for the professionals who worked diligently to increase public health funding, awareness and reach across the nation and the world.”
On Nov. 19, more UNC Gillings School students will be radiating the Thanksgiving spirit in gratitude for their public health heroes.